Roberts celebrates 16th birthday with SuperSport win

NEWS June 22, 2013

Roberts celebrates 16th birthday with SuperSport win

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (June 22) - Most teens look forward to getting their driver's license when they turn 16 years old. Joe Roberts took a different path for his sweet 16: He won Saturday's SuperSport race in the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Series during the Triumph SuperBike Classic at Barber Motorsports Park.

Roberts guided his California Superbike School Honda around Tomas Puerta's RoadRace Factory Yamaha and third-place Nick McFadden's TOBC Racing Suzuki; McFadden also recently turned 16.

"It's cool to come out and win like this," Roberts said. "I feel like I got the worst start ever. I wheelied pretty bad off the line and about six riders went by me."

Roberts didn't let the bad start unnerve him and just focused on picking his way through the field.

"I told myself to be patient and make clean passes," Roberts said. "After the first couple of laps, I had made my way up to fourth. When I finally got around Tomas, I felt like I needed to push and go as fast as I could.

"I was able to build a gap and just managed it as best as I could until the end of the race."

Puerta wanted to start out strong, but Roberts' charge was too much to overcome.

"It was a good race," Puerta said. "I did my best to be in the lead and try to control the race, but Joey (Roberts) passed us and started getting away from us. I really just tried to be consistent after that."

McFadden said a podium finish in his maiden effort in the SuperSport class was all he could have dreamed up.

"It was good. I didn't know what to expect on my first race," McFadden said. "I just hung back there for a while and learned some stuff from the other guys.

"I thought going in that finishing in the top 10 would be great and a top five would be almost impossible. I really wasn't expecting a top three, but once I got out there and those guys were pushing, I knew I could hang in there and race with them." SuperSport riders will kick off Sunday's racing at the Triumph SuperBike Classic from Barber Motorsports Park. The race starts at 10:15 a.m. CDT.

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